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What is the Difference Between Modular and Stick Built Construction?

27 April 2012

The home construction market is picking up. With people trying to decide what type of home to build, the question of the differences between modular construction and stick built construction arises. To make a well informed decision you need to know the difference.  

Stick Built Construction is the traditional way to build a home. In steps, foundation, framing, walls, electrical, plaster, etc. Stick built homes are built on site, from the ground up on the building lot, your property.  So any home built entirely on site is a stick built home.
Modular Construction is an easier, faster and more economical way to build a home, through modules.  Modular homes ARE stick built homes, they are just built in a factory first. This is the fastest growing and most advanced style of home construction.

The modules are built in a factory, and then transported to the construction site where they are assembled. What are modules? Picture a traditional 2 story colonial home. The first floor is built in halves and the second story is built in halves. When completed they look like fully constructed pieces of the home. Once they arrive on site they are stacked, like blocks and then “buttoned up” or fastened together.
Modular floor plans can be custom designed. Then the plans are sent to the factory for construction. The home can be made out of as many modules as necessary.
For more information on modular homes, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Should Our House be Stick Built or Modular?

20 April 2012

Q. I’ve been looking at houses for quite a while now and finally decided that building a new home is our best option. What is your opinion on stick-built vs. Modular?

A. Both stick-built houses and Modular homes are built to local codes. Modular homes however, are also built with strict quality control in the factory rather than in the field, which is an advantage. But there is a major advantage to modular homes. Other than being generally less expensive, understanding what some traditional builders (not all, but some) put into their houses and the materials they use is important. For starters, some contractors use the cheapest (least expensive) asphalt roof shingles that are within codes but may last less than 15 years.

This does not happen with modular homes because the standards that are applied in the factory are too high.

Another thing to look for is what goes into the stick built house. Some contractors buy the cheapest heating systems that they can get away with. Same goes for water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, ranges, and wall-to-wall carpeting.

With modular construction you get energy star rated appliances, heating systems, lighting and windows and top quality roof shingles. Remember, this home needs to be transported, it needs to be built with high quality materials and be VERY structurally sound.

Want more information on Modular Homes? Contact Avalon Building Systems.

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There are No Hidden Costs with Modular Home Construction

13 April 2012

The allure of a newly constructed home has a certain appeal for many home buyers. Why not build a home so that you have a home that is completely clean and potentially perfect.

With modular home construction you can have your perfect home. With a traditionally built home, this may not be as simple as it seems. Why? Well, this article we found explains the downfalls, trials and tribulations of building a new home the traditional way. If after reading, you want information on how to build yourself a new home without all the issues of traditional construction; if you want the peace of mind of safe materials, standards and safeguards, and no price increases, then contact Avalon Building Systems.

New Construction's Hidden Costs Can Burn Buyers

What many buyers don't realize is that new traditionally built homes often have numerous hidden costs. If you're considering a new construction, here's what you should look out for to make sure you're spending your money wisely and you don't experience any unpleasant surprises.

Hidden Defects

Just like an older home, a brand-new home can have hidden defects, or latent defects that require expensive repairs. Heavy rains on the job site can reveal inadequate waterproofing or grading that leads to leaks or flooding in your home. A weak slab could crack. Siding could fall off. Electrical wiring could be done incorrectly. Any problem that you might be afraid to find in an older home can also appear in a brand-new stick built home.

Modular homes have a warranty, which is important because your homeowners insurance may not cover “latent defects”.

Missing Necessities

New homes often don't come with everything you need. It's quite common for them to lack fences, decks, window coverings, appliances, landscaping and other essentials. When modular homes are built, they are finished in move-in condition. Decks and fences can be included in your modular home floor plan and budget.

Pricey Upgrades

Counters and hardwood floors are not included in your budget. When you buy a modular home, you know exactly what you are getting. There are no hidden fees. The counters and the flooring are included in the budget, no price increases part way through the construction process. In fact, you tell us what your budget is, and we tell you what we can do.

Also, if you buy the upgrades through the builder, you might pay an up-charge and have a limited selection compared to doing the upgrades yourself.


Don't make any assumptions about what you'll be getting if you buy a new home. Buying a new stick built home can be more expensive and come with many more uncertainties than you bargained for, along with a very long construction time.
Want more information on the stress free new home building experience modular construction can offer? Contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Multi-Family Modular Homes for Investment or for Aging Parents

6 April 2012

Are you looking for a place for your parents to live? Perhaps you want to help your grown children buy their first home. Or, perhaps you want to own a rental property for additional income. Consider building. But not just building any home, build a multi-family modular home.  Multi-family housing is a growing trend for families today.  

What do we mean by multifamily homes? A multi family home is like a townhouse; any number of homes that share common walls. There is a trend of extended families investing in modular multi-family housing either to care for parents or to combat the tough economy.

Traditionally, in order to keep parents out of assisted living homes is to build an addition on your existing home, an “in-law suite”.  But that is not as easy as it sounds, and actually could take longer than building a new, multi family modular home.

Many homeowners are interested in buying a rental property. Build one. Buying that property outright is challenging. Building a two family modular home is faster and less expensive. You have your new home and a rental home all at once.

For more information on multi-family modular homes in New England, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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Glued and Screwed - Modular Homes are Stronger

30 March 2012

Of all the wood homes that are built, modular homes are the strongest.  Typically, modular homes contain up to 30% more lumber than stick built homes. The floors and walls in modular homes are both glued and screwed because they are transported after they are built to the construction site. Once there, the modules are moved to the homes foundation via crane. No traditionally built home can withstand that.

There are plenty of other benefits of modular construction as well. You can save money in construction costs as a result of the decreased build time and the more precise process of building. With lower costs, fewer labor issues and material problems, energy efficiency and better quality, no wonder the popularity of modular homes is growing.

Are you building a new home? Industry experts believe that home buyers can save up to 35% on new home construction by building a custom modular home. Contact Avalon Building Systems.

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A Cost Effective Way to Build a Home - Modular Construction

23 March 2012

If you are thinking about building a home this spring, consider building a modular home. Modular homes are built faster and easier than traditionally built homes. But don’t be fooled, they are also built to higher standards and are up to date with all the local building codes.

Best of all, modular construction is also less expensive to build and to maintain than a traditionally built home when comparing apples to apples. There are many reasons for this:

1) Energy Efficiency:  Modular homes are green homes. Using SIP’s, Avalon’s modular homes easily exceed "Energy Star Standards" and are certified to be built to meet LEEDS platinum standards for new residential construction. This directly translates directly to high energy efficiency.

2) Less Material Waste:  In modular construction there is far less material waste which means lower material costs.  In stick-built construction the money spent on materials that are wasted is money lost.

3) Faster construction time:  Modular homes take just a couple of months to build. You’ll be living in your new modular home in no time.  Because of this, you will spend far less money on living expenses: paying for hotels or for two mortgages, paying for storage, and construction finance costs.  

With modular construction, you will get a better quality home faster, and for less money. Contact Avalon Building Systems for more information.

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When Building a Home Modular Homes Help you Save

16 March 2012

Consumers that wish to take advantage of the incredibly low mortgage interest rates and build a home will find they can build a larger home for less money by having their home built with modular construction.

Modular homes are quickly becoming the most desired form of newly built homes due to their many advantages. Consumers desiring to build a custom home will find that they can build a larger home at a better price when they build in this manner.

Modular homes are constructed in a factory instead of being built from scratch on the home site. This type of controlled atmosphere allows homes to be built without weather delays and in a quality controlled environment. Building materials are bought in bulk and stored at the factories, allowing for large discounts that are passed on to the consumer.

On average, modular homes costs far less than the same size and style stick built home.

Contrary to popular belief, a modular home is not a mobile home. It is secured to the ground and it cannot be moved once built. Modular homes are compliant in all respects for hurricanes, earthquakes and other naturally occurring events.

Modular homes are custom design homes that range from quaint to very large and elaborate. The largest benefit of building a Modular home is that one can customize a home from start to finish at nearly half the cost.

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Let Us Help You Design a New Home

9 March 2012

Avalon Building Systems designs and builds modular homes around New England and New York. We offer many different styles of floor plans from Colonials to ranch style homes to cape and vacation style homes.   Certainly we have the floor plan that will meet the needs of your family. All of our floor plans can be custom designed as well.

With our standard modular home plans, you save time, simplify the home building process, and the homes are built even more quickly.
However, we are happy and more than willing to help you custom design your home or add design details to any standard floor plans.

We enjoy being a part of our customer's dream for a magnificently built modular home.   If you're having trouble selecting a floor plan, take a look at the floor plans and dimensions on our site, or give us a call.

When looking through our selection of modular home plans, understand that you can make adjustments; make as many adjustments as you would like.

Also, our modular floor plans have many exterior looks, and each of those looks can be applied to the floor plan you choose.  Do you want a garage, a deck, dormers? Add them.

If you don't find a modular home floor plan we show on our web site, please contact us to discuss what type of plan you are looking for.   Avalon Building Systems would like to help you get into the home of your dreams.  

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Add a Modular Addition to your Home

4 March 2012

With the real estate market the way it is, many people rather stay in their home as opposed to selling it at a depressed price. So what if you need more space? Consider a modular addition. Home additions are very popular. The most popular additions are those that add a second story onto a single story home.
A modular addition is the perfect way to add more space to your home. If you have a one story home and you would like to add a second story, consider modular.

What are the benefits in building a modular second story addition?

  • Modular additions are built much faster than traditional additions. A modular addition can be setup in as few as three days!
  • Second story modular additions take from 1 to 2 months to complete. It is amazing how much time modular additions save.
  • Modular additions are higher quality than stick built additions. Modular additions are built with 20% more lumber when compared to a traditional stick-built addition.

Modular additions allow us to build your second floor addition in 30 days or less. Modular additions are more square, level, and plumb to your existing home. Modular additions are long lasting.  If you are interested in adding a high quality addition to your home is a shorter amount of time, contact Avalon Building Systems.

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A New Home that Perfectly Fits Your Budget with Modular Homes

24 February 2012

When you build a new home, you need to create a budget. What can you afford, what are your home payments now and what will they be after, will your home expenses increase with a larger home, if so, how much? What expenses do you need to consider beyond the price of the modular home? Will your tax bill go up?

The good news is: after you have designed your new modular home with Avalon Building Systems, you can count on that price. Of course many people who have built a stick built home have probably complained about the increasing budget as the project progressed. This is the beauty,(or one of them), of building a modular home. The budget for the construction of a modular home does not fluctuate.

You and Avalon Building Systems can choose a modular floor plan or design a floor plan. Add the design details such as a garage, hardwood floors, granite counters and a fireplace, and then you will have the price of your new home, no changes, no fluctuations. Add to, or take away design details to make your new home perfectly fit your budget.   Try doing this with a stick built home – Never happen!

Contact Avalon Building Systems to begin the process of designing your new home that will perfectly fit your budget.

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